Slain investigative journalist Jeff German of the Las Vegas Review-Journal was investigating Democratic County Public Administrator Robert Telles before he was found stabbed to death. The DNA of that same Democratic public official was found at the crime scene and has now been charged with murder.
“A government official was arrested on a charge of open murder in the stabbing of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German,” the Washington Post reported on Thursday.
“Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, 45, whom German had reported on for months, was taken into custody Wednesday, police said. German, 69, was found dead Saturday morning, the county coroner’s office said, and his cause of death was multiple sharp-force injuries,” the report added. “Telles was a person of interest early in the investigation as authorities looked into possible work-related grievances or conflicts, Las Vegas police Capt. Dori Koren said at a news conference Thursday. He did not disclose a specific motive.”
“This is a terrible and jarring homicide – one that has deeply impacted Las Vegas,” Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said during a press conference.
“Every murder is tragic, but the killing of a journalist is particularly troublesome,” he added.
One thing that the Washington Post didn’t mention until six paragraphs down, much like every other mainstream article that reported on this story, is that Telles is a corrupt Democrat official. This normally wouldn’t be relevant because one shouldn’t infer that a political official is a potential murderer due to party affiliation, but it is relevant in the context of the mainstream media’s tendency to twist all crime stories to make Republicans appear like terrorists.
The story that may have gotten German killed was covered by the L.A. Times.
“In May, the veteran journalist published an investigative piece based on interviews with several current and former employees at the Clark County public administrator’s office — painting a picture of an office in disarray, detailing allegations of bullying, favoritism and an inappropriate relationship between Telles and a subordinate,” the story says.
“Along with the article, the newspaper published a video filmed by other staffers who had secretly recorded Telles and the subordinate — both married — in the back seat of her car,” it goes on. “They also included a video of a recorded, sit-down interview between German and Telles.”
“German, who is off camera, asks Telles what he thinks when he hears people raising allegations of an improper relationship with his subordinate,” the story notes. “Telles’ lips tighten and he squints.”
“Obviously it’s not true,” he said. “I’m about nothing but justice, fairness and just being a good person, and it sickens me.”
“I don’t know,” he added, “it’s unreal.”
It’s also unreal when the media has one set of standards for reporting crime stories when it involves Democratic Party officials, and another set of standards entirely when any crime story can even tenuously be connected to Republicans.
Two can play at that game, even if it’s a silly partisan game where everybody loses.
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